The Boca of the extremes goes for more against Ferro

Boca is the champion of Argentine soccer. It is, in turn, the champion of the Argentine Cup. And as if that were not enough, he is classified in the second round of the Copa Libertadores, as one of the first eight. Drag, in turn, an undefeated nine games. Their goalkeepers, in that number of games, barely scored two goals. And the team in general, after unstable and stormy times, of doubts and uncertainty, seems to be in good footballing health. But…

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Arrival of the Boca Juniors squad to the city of La Rioja - June 7, 2022 - Photo: Javier Garcia Martino - Photogamma

Arrival of the Boca Juniors squad to the city of La Rioja – June 7, 2022 – Photo: Javier Garcia Martino – Photogamma

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There is always a but in the life of Boca. And never, in general, all the good that can be means that it is in peace. Now, just after an encouraging debut in the local tournament, just when he arrived with the starters rested to rehearse a new defense of the most federal championship in the country, has to go through a new internal shake, in this case due to the sanctions of Darío Benedetto and Marcos Rojo, two of its figures. In any case, this is how Battaglia’s team arrives at a new kill to kill, this time against Ferro, in La Rioja, perhaps with the need to take an extra test: to show that nothing happened.

The sanction of two of the team’s leaders caused a jolt in the middle of the calm and if it made noise, it was because of the unexpected: precisely because it is about an act of indiscipline by two men of experience, group leaders, in charge of leading the way. But the absence they had from training on Sunday morning, the same day of the match with Arsenal (it was for the 11 players not summoned to that game), motivated Battaglia to punish them with the same rule that he used for Campuzano (he arrived late on the first day of post-break practice and was left out of Arsenal), although with the bonus that it meant erasing two heavyweights. Well then, it remains to be seen how Boca is going to cope with this new internal controversy on the field, in addition to the loss of two key players for their game.

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Ramírez from the balcony (Boca press).

Ramírez from the balcony (Boca press).

with another face

In favor of the circumstance, or rather, its extenuating circumstance, it is in everything mentioned in the introduction: Boca today is capable of supporting its small big problems in another way, because it is not suffocated by football, because its conduction, because it lives with more oxygen than hydrogen. And because Battaglia’s sanction of two of its leaders also marks a new era. First, that of a stronger DT, with more authority, more determined to stand against everyone, with another back for the achievements. And then, that of a squad marked by new coexistence rules, which will seek with this type of exemplary measures that the club begins to cause less news due to lack of conduct or professional care. Clear accounts preserve or protect relationships. It’s as good for life as it is for football…

Arrival of the Boca Juniors squad to the city of La Rioja - June 7, 2022 - Photo: Javier Garcia Martino - Photogamma

Arrival of the Boca Juniors squad to the city of La Rioja – June 7, 2022 – Photo: Javier Garcia Martino – Photogamma

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If the commotion of the news was not greater, beyond the indirect messages of Agustín Almendra (one of the first punished by the DT, see page 6) against Darío Benedetto, the one who challenged him for his previous misconduct and today was exposed for his own fault, it is precisely because the protagonists of the sanction were called to silence. There was no internal uproar, beyond the surprise in the decision of the DT. And if there was any complaint, it was not externalized. It is known that both the defender and the forward did not like that the Lion put them in soccer practice on Monday and then took them off the trip list, but they did not have the right to kick either.

On the other hand, Battaglia also knew how to cushion the media impact of a decision that was clear to him since two of his main players were absent from practice. He let the day pass, so that the news would not be on all the channels and portals early, he communicated his irrevocable measure to the Roman Council and then proceeded to get them off the plane. Thus, the shock wave did not have much ground to cover: it exploded late and was already chewed up by those involved.

It is true, the question remains as to what would have happened if Boca, instead of facing Arsenal, found themselves with these misconducts and with this punishment scenario in the run-up to the clash against Corinthians, for the eighth round of the Copa Libertadores, and not against Ferro, for the Argentine Cup, would the coach have acted the same way with two such important figures for the functioning of his team just before facing the mother of all battles? Perhaps this preliminary scenario will help prevent scandals of this type in even more decisive situations, or with more at stake.

Arrival from Boca to La Rioja.  Twitter

Arrival from Boca to La Rioja. Twitter

The concrete thing is that DT, the day after, also made logical decisions: he replaced Rojo and Benedetto with natural options, such as Nicolas Figal and Luis Vazquez, both starters against Arsenal on debut. And then, he opted for the best he has, for the most regular team possible, taking into account the other absences, that of Luis Advíncula and Oscar Romero for being with their respective teams. That’s why, despite everything, the champion will take to the field with a class A version. And with the fire extinguisher in hand. In short, if this team got used to something, too, it is knowing how to put out fires…

Possible formations:

Mouth: Agustin Rossi; Marcelo Weigandt, Jorge Figal, Carlos Izquierdoz, Frank Fabra; Pol Fernandez, Alan Varela, Juan Ramirez; Eduardo Salvio, Luis Vazquez and Sebastian Villa.

Ferro: Macelo Mino; Hernán Grana, Nahuel Arena, Gabriel Díaz, Darío Cáceres; Emiliano Ellacópulos, Nicolás Gómez, Claudio Mosca, Lautaro Torres; Lautaro Giaccone and Walter Nunez

Hour: 16.

TV: TyC Sports.

Instance: 16th finals. The winner plays in the round of 16 with the winner of Racing-Agropecuario.

THE ARRIVAL OF BOCA TO LA RIOJA

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